Is the Care Certificate required before lone working? | QCS

Dear Sheila,

Are all new staff expected to have fully completed the Care Certificate before they can do any lone working or work without direct supervision supporting any vulnerable adults with a learning disability, or could a thorough and detailed induction process, allow them to carry out their duties whilst they work towards achieving the Care Certificate within the first few months of their employment?

I look forward to hearing from you


Sheila Scott
Answered by Sheila Scott


Dear M,


Thank you for your question.


Formal induction should be given to the worker before they begin working alone.


The worker should not be expected to deliver any care unless the service is satisfied and has recorded the competence of the worker in that particular area.


It is expected that the care certificate will be delivered normally in the first six months of employment.


I hope this is helpful.


Best wishes.



About Sheila Scott

Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector. 3. Read more

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